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Mary Mooney

Sunday, August 24, 2014 • 7:53pm

 

I like the idea of marriage.  It is a true commitment to each other, usually public and spiritual, but you don’t have to be married in a church to make it valid.  And just because it’s not in a church does not mean it can’t be spiritual.  The Spirit is with me always.   You do not have to throw a huge party to make it valid, either, yet traditionally that’s the way it goes.  Traditions change. So does marriage.  Every minute of every day.

Why shouldn’t same sex couples who are committed to each other be given the same opportunities as the rest of us?  Must we “breeders” hoard all of the joys of marriage?  They should have to listen to the same old story from their spouse for the millionth time. . .or go crazy when they have to shut the exact same cabinet door a billion times. . .or turn off lights he/she always leaves on. . .or  send a search party for the remote control. . .or adjust the thermostat up and down a hundred times a day, then pretend it wasn’t you doing it. . .or argue about vacations and family and food and where they’ll spend Thanksgiving.  Heterosexuals can share.  There is definitely enough crazy to go around.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

 

Today I am grateful for marriage.  No, it’s not our anniversary.  It is the wedding day for a couple of great guys, Shane and Daniel, who are surrounded by family and friends, preparing to take their vows today in California.

 

 

 

I like the idea of marriage.  It is a true commitment to each other, usually public and spiritual, but you don’t have to be married in a church to make it valid.  And just because it’s not in a church does not mean it can’t be spiritual.  The Spirit is with me always.   You do not have to throw a huge party to make it valid, either, yet traditionally that’s the way it goes.  Traditions change. So does marriage.  Every minute of every day.

 

 

 

Why shouldn’t same sex couples who are committed to each other be given the same opportunities as the rest of us?  Must we “breeders” hoard all of the joys of marriage?  They should have to listen to the same old story from their spouse for the millionth time. . .or go crazy when they have to shut the exact same cabinet door a billion times. . .or turn off lights he/she always leaves on. . .or  send a search party for the remote control. . .or adjust the thermostat up and down a hundred times a day, then pretend it wasn’t you doing it. . .or argue about vacations and family and food and where they’ll spend Thanksgiving.  Heterosexuals can share.  There is definitely enough crazy to go around.

 

 

 

Everywhere you look people are harping on building the “team”.  What better team is there than marriage?  No back-up players.  No second string.  No relief pitchers.  No stand-ins.  No understudies.  Just two people, sharing their hopes and dreams for a future that will change by the minute and direct them to places they’ve never dreamed.  Two people with challenges and successes and sadness and joy, who want to share their commitment to each other with the world, honest and straight forward, no longer hiding behind archaic principles.  Two people who want to make it legal and share their hearts, their shampoo, their finances, their remote controls and their thermostats in marriage.  I’m all for them. . .and I really don’t care what gender they are.

 

 

 

So today I am grateful for marriage, with all of its ups-n-downs, hot-n-cold, better-or-worse, sickness-n-health, death-do-us-part-but-keep-your-mitts-off-my-chocolate, corny commitment.  Congratulations Shane and Daniel.  Show ‘em!  Just show ‘em!

 

Everywhere you look people are harping on building the “team”.  What better team is there than marriage?  No back-up players.  No second string.  No relief pitchers.  No stand-ins.  No understudies.  Just two people, sharing their hopes and dreams for a future that will change by the minute and direct them to places they’ve never dreamed.  Two people with challenges and successes and sadness and joy, who want to share their commitment to each other with the world, honest and straight forward, no longer hiding behind archaic principles.  Two people who want to make it legal and share their hearts, their shampoo, their finances, their remote controls and their thermostats in marriage.  I’m all for them. . .and I really don’t care what gender they are.

So today I am grateful for marriage, with all of its ups-n-downs, hot-n-cold, better-or-worse, sickness-n-health, death-do-us-part-but-keep-your-mitts-off-my-chocolate, corny commitment.  Congratulations Shane and Daniel.  Show ‘em!  Just show ‘em!
 

Each and every day I find something to be grateful for. My gratitude's are heartfelt, personal, moving and often humorous. Facebook followers have encouraged me to branch out. I hope you will relate.

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